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Adult Learning Program (ALP)

Complete your High School Graduation Diploma for Adults.

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N.S. High School Graduation Diploma for Adults

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If you left high school without a diploma, this program gives you the chance to earn one as an adult. Getting a high school diploma prepares you for success in your next stage of life – whether it's to advance your career or continue to college or university studies.

ALP offers:

  • $0 cost tuition
  • Full-time, part-time and online study options
  • Multiple enrolment dates throughout the year
  • Recognition of existing Grade 11 or 12 credits that count towards your diploma
  • The option to earn credit for prior learning obtained through on-the-job training, work and life experience, personal studies and/or volunteer activities

Recognizing the diversity of learners who come to NSCC, we offer two concentrations of ALP in the metro region:

For more information, contact ALP at the campus of your choice.

Study options

  • This program is available for full-time and part-time study. You have the option to complete your program in-class, online or through a combination of courses delivered in-class and online.
  • Evening classes are available at the following campuses: Akerley, Cumberland (Amherst Learning Centre), Institute of Technology, Kingstec, Marconi, Pictou, Burridge and Truro campuses. Contact the campus for more information about courses and times available.
  • If you apply for the part-time study option, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study will vary and depend on the schedule you choose and number of courses you complete each term.

Choose NSCC

  • Our counsellors and instructors understand that, as an adult returning to school, you have unique needs. Because of this, you are assigned a faculty advisor who provides you with support throughout the program. Our ALP team helps you prepare, plan and pursue your learning to achieve your individual career and academic goals.
  • You study in a college environment, where people are engaged in learning skills in a variety of occupational areas. If you're thinking of going on to further studies, this may help you to decide on your future.

Other info

  • Students who already have a Department of Education recognized high school graduation diploma are not eligible for ALP. Students who need additional high school credits, but already have a high school diploma should apply to the Academic and Career Connections program.
  • This program is a partnership between the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, the Nova Scotia School of Adult Learning and NSCC.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Akerley Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Seats available
Annapolis Valley Campus Middleton Full time In-class Seats available
Burridge Campus Yarmouth Full time In-class Seats available
Burridge Campus Classes at Digby Learning Centre Full time In-class Seats available
Cumberland Campus Springhill Full time In-class Seats available
Cumberland Campus Classes at Amherst Learning Centre Full time In-class Seats available
eCampus -- Part time Online Seats available
Institute of Technology Campus Halifax Full time In-class Seats available
Kingstec Campus Kentville Full time In-class Seats available
Lunenburg Campus Bridgewater Full time In-class Seats available
Marconi Campus Sydney Full time In-class Seats available
Pictou Campus Stellarton Full time In-class Seats available
Shelburne Campus Shelburne Full time In-class Seats available
Strait Area Campus Port Hawkesbury Full time In-class Seats available
Truro Campus Truro Full time In-class Seats available

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must be 19 years of age or older.
  • Applicants must have Canadian Citizenship or Permanent Residency.
  • Applicants must reside in Nova Scotia at the time of application.
  • Applicants must be out of school for at least one year and not have previously completed a high school diploma.
  • In order to confirm placement in this program, all students must meet with an ALP counsellor to complete an assessment process.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the following English Language requirement: Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) – minimum Level 6, or equivalent.


Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):

Tuition, fees and program costs

  • Tuition – for eligible students, there is no tuition cost, college services fee or student association membership fee for this program.
  • Fees – there is a cost for the required Student Health & Dental Benefits that are provided to all full-time students. Students can opt-out of the Student Health and Dental plan if they already have equivalent coverage. New ALP students who successfully complete the first 3 months of the program can have this fee covered by NSCC for one year. For metro campuses only, students are required to purchase a Metro Transit U-Pass.

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

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